On Tosca’s Trail – A History of the Three Real-life Architectural Monuments in Rome Featured in Puccini’s Opera

August 12, 2022, 14.00-17.00, (Romanian time, hybrid, English/Romanian – depending on the audience)

One of the most frequently performed and most popular among opera fans, Puccini’s “Tosca” is set in Rome in the year 1800.  Not only the plot unfolds against a backdrop of real historical events, but also its characters move around the city as each of the three acts takes place in a real-life building in Rome.  In Act 1 the scenes are located in the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle.  Act 2 sees its protagonists in the rooms of Palazzo Farnese, while the dramatic conclusion of the play in Act 3 takes place in Castel Sant’Angelo.

These three famous Roman landmarks will be introduced in the context of the play and explored in terms of their historical and architectural significance, while emphasizing the way in which they play a role in the unraveling of Tosca’s story.

Participants are encouraged to actively engage in class discussions.  The course relies on visual material presented in PowerPoint, and will be delivered in Romanian and/or English, depending on the audience.

The course is open to everyone with an interest in the history of art.  No prior formal training in art history is needed.


Event On Tosca’s Trail

Daniela Langusi, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniela Langusi holds a Ph.D. in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University and specializes in European Renaissance and Baroque art. She is currently an independent lecturer and researcher on several research projects on modern Romanian art and architecture.

Departments/units: Summer School 2022, Educational Programs Department, Research Department

Regions: Europe

Topic: Arts and Culture, Architecture and Urbanism